Transfer Student Counselors (TroCos)

Launched in 2011, the Transfer Counselor Program is designed to help incoming transfer students adjust to life at Yale and explore the full realm of their interests. TroCos are undergraduates who transferred to Yale in previous years, and who are interested in providing guidance and mentorship to the incoming class. Each new transfer student will be assigned a TroCo during the summer, and this TroCo will serve as both a friend and a mentor to them throughout the academic year. However, accepted students are encouraged to explore the bios of all TroCos, and to contact any TroCo with questions specific to his or her academic or extracurricular interests. All Trocos are happy to answer any and all questions about the Yale experience.

If you are looking for information about transferring to Yale, please contact the Yale College Transfer Admissions Program

2018-2019 Head Transfer Counselors

Authia Gray, co-head TrocoAuthia Gray, co-head troco

Welcome to Yale! Thank you for choosing to join our community. I am a rising junior in Pierson College and I transferred from Tacoma Community College, Washington, as a sophomore. While I started off as an Applied Mathematics major, I realized that I’d be happier in Biomedical Engineering and have since switched majors. My interests include creative writing and digital art. I play the flute but have yet to commit to any musical groups on campus. During the school year, I work in Sterling Memorial Library and serve as a social chair for Yale Undergraduate Math Society (YUMS). I intend to go to graduate school as part of an MD/PhD or PhD program. I’m looking forward to serving as one of your head trocos this year!


Savannah Pedersen,  co-head TrocoSavannah Pedersen,  co-head Troco

Welcome incoming transfers! My name is Savannah, and I’m a rising senior in Pierson College. Last year, I transferred from Georgetown University. Some of my interests include yoga, volunteering with Crisis Text Line, avidly cheering on my Seattle Seahawks, volleyball, country music, and eating way too much sushi. I’m majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and I’m planning to go on to medical school after Yale, but I’m also interested in researching forms of dysautonomia. At Yale, I volunteer with the Hypertension Awareness & Prevention Program, tutor incoming freshmen with ONEXYS, do research in a lab focusing on HIV, and serve on the board of Yale Medical Professions Outreach. I’m excited to be one of your head transfer counselors and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you this fall. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!

2018-2019 Transfer Counselors

Troco Nicole BlackwoodNicole Blackwood

Hi all and welcome to Yale! I’m Nicole Blackwood, a rising junior in Trumbull College. I’m from Massachusetts, and I transferred to Yale last fall after spending a year at Barnard College in New York City. I’m an English major here, focusing particularly on creative writing, and am a Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine (#RushYDN) and an editor of Kalliope, one of Yale’s many literary magazines. I’ve also conducted research for the Yale MacMillan Center. After I find a QR class I can pass and receive my degree, I hope to get my MFA in fiction and become a starving artist, as that is trendy and not at all terrifying. Please feel free to reach out on Facebook or at; I’d love to answer any and all questions you may have! None are stupid! For instance: yes, the food is good here and no, you can’t hire Handsome Dan to make an appearance at your birthday party (sad). I can’t wait to see everyone in August!


Troco Flynn ChenFlynn Chen

Hi fellow transfer students! My name is Flynn, and I’m a first-generation immigrant from China. I transferred from NYU where I thought I was going to major in saxophone performance. Now, I am a rising junior in Trumbull majoring in MCDB and Computer Science. In research, I’m involved in the ENCODE project with the Gerstein lab. In music, I’m a member of the Yale Bands. I am also pre-med and could help y’all with questions/problems about medical school and pre-requisites etc. I also have other hobbies such as coding, cooking, skateboarding, learning Spanish, and Settlers of Catan. I will be in New Haven this summer, so feel free to message me or meet up before school!


Troco Greta ChevanceGreta Chevance

Hi! My name is Greta Chevance and I am a junior in Berkeley College. I am from New York City, and I transferred to Yale last fall after studying at NYU for two years. At Yale, I am studying political science with a focus in political philosophy. On campus, I am involved in the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, Yale Model Congress, and Net Impact, one of Yale’s consulting groups. I will also be working this year at the Center for Teaching and Learning as an Academic Strategies peer mentor, and will be a FOCUS leader (a pre-orientation program that I participated in last year and that you should all sign up for!). Please feel free to reach out with any questions either through Facebook or at I am looking forward to meeting you all, and welcome to Yale!


Troco Rachel DiazRachel Diaz

I’m from Miami, FL, where I was the founder of Paving Pathways, a workforce development program for low-income and disadvantaged community college students. Before transferring, I worked in the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office and interned for the Kiwanis Foundation of Little Havana, a non-profit dedicated to improving K-12 education in public schools throughout Miami. When I’m not planning conferences or research presentations as co-president of Women in Economics, you’ll probably find me dancing with Sabrosura (Yale’s Undergraduate Latin Dance Team) or taking pictures throughout campus. After Yale, I hope to go into the nonprofit sector with a focus on small businesses and the improvement of educational opportunities in the U.S. If you have any questions on the transfer experience, need help choosing good winter clothes, want to learn some simple salsa moves, or just want to say hi, please feel free to reach out!


Troco Dylan ForgioneDylan Forgione

Hey all! My name is Dylan Forgione, and I’m a rising senior in Berkeley College studying economics. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and attended the City College of New York for two years before coming to Yale. At City College, I majored in Applied Mathematics, and participated in a cappella, queer activism, and community service organizations. At Yale, I’ve been involved in the Duke’s Men of Yale a cappella group (we’re now all-gender, so all are welcome to audition!), the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, and am now a member of The Whiffenpoofs a cappella group. I also work for CollegeVine as an applications consultant and essay editor. Aside from school, I love fashion, drag culture, queer art, music, and weight training. After graduation, I plan to go into consulting. Feel free to email me with any questions, comments, concerns, etc. at, or find me on Facebook!


Troco Nune GaripianNune Garipian

Hey everyone! My name is Nune and I’m a rising junior studying political science. I transferred from Pasadena City College in California and was one of the few community college transfers in my class. At Yale, I spend the majority of my time taking very long naps, postponing my readings, and exploring the East Coast. Jokes aside, I hold two student jobs on campus: one as a photographer with the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications and the other as an Academic Strategies mentor with the Center for Teaching and Learning. I’m also a member of Mental Health Educators, Yale Armenian Network, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Congratulations on making it this far, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, whether now or anytime in the upcoming school year. We’re all here for you. See you soon!


Troco Isabel GuarcoIsabel Guarco

Hey, everyone! I’m Isabel, a rising junior in Berkeley College. Last fall, I transferred to Yale after a year of studying at Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in a dual-degree program. At Yale, I’m a history major interested in cultural and intellectual history, but I also frequent classes in the English and Music departments. Outside of class, I’m involved with the Yale Daily News Magazine, the Yale Historical Review, and I work as a researcher for the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. I also compose music for student films, student composition recitals, and musical theater productions on campus. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! Congratulations, and welcome to Yale!

Troco Georgina HickeyGeorgina Hickey

Hi! My name is Georgina Hickey and I am a rising junior in Davenport College, majoring in political science.  I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 after a year at Southern Methodist University. Fortunately, both my siblings and my Dad attended Yale, so I was able to arrive on campus with some familiarity with my surroundings. I am from Greenwich, CT, and I went to Greenwich Academy for 14 years. At Yale, I am a Community Consent Educator (CCE), the photo director and social media manager for Spoon University Yale, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of the Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investors, and a single classroom educator in Community Health educators. I have loved my experience at Yale as a transfer student and I can’t wait to welcome you all to the Yale College community!


Troco Jacob HillmanJacob Hillman

Hi everyone, and welcome to Yale! My name is Jacob Hillman and I’m a senior in Berkeley College majoring in Computer Science. I transferred from Southern Methodist University, where I spent two years double majoring in Computer Science and Music. At Yale, I play saxophone in the Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble, and take saxophone lessons with the School of Music Professor Carrie Koffman. I also (attempt to) teach kids how to code with Code Haven and advise low-income high school students through an organization called Matriculate. I could not have been happier with my first year at Yale, and would love to provide you with any information about my experience here. This summer I did an nternship in San Francisco. You can contact me at


Troco Elliot SetzerElliot Setzer

Hi everyone! My name is Elliot and I’m a junior in Silliman studying political theory. I transferred to Yale last fall from Deep Springs College, in eastern California, but I’m originally from Canada. Outside of class, I chair the Party of the Left in the Yale Political Union, and write for BRINK: A Review of Books.


Troco Andrew SparkmanAndrew Sparkman

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to welcome you all to Yale! I’m a rising senior who transferred from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science as a rising sophomore, and I am now pursuing a degree in applied mathematics with a concentration in economics. When it comes to extracurriculars, I have a part-time job matting and framing art at the Yale University Art Gallery, I’m a leader in a Christian fellowship group called Chi Alpha, I am involved with the St. Thomas More Catholic Center and Chapel, I’m a peer tutor for some Econ and Engineering courses, and I’m a research assistant in the Department of Economics. I’m currently working at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, and after college I plan on attending law school. You can reach me at or through Facebook!


Troco Constance ThurmondConstance Thurmond

Welcome Bulldogs! I am a rising senior in Ezra Stiles College. I transferred to Yale University after graduating from Miami Dade Honors College in Miami, FL, with an Associate of Arts in Philosophy. Before transferring, I was the president of a student-led organization called Human Rights Alliance, and partnered with different Miami-based non-profits to aid victims of sex trafficking and raise community awareness on anti-human-trafficking legislation. I was also vice-president of Model United Nations. Here at Yale, I study Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration in human trafficking. On campus, you’ll find me dancing with A Different Drum and Sabrosura,  leading a study with Yale Chi Alpha, in the woods with FOOT or working at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. After Yale, I hope to pursue a career in human rights law and/or business. Please feel free to reach out with any of your concerns or to say hello! See you soon!


Troco Sara TridentiSara Tridenti

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Yale community! My name is Sara Tridenti and I am a rising senior in Pauli Murray College. After spending a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) studying chemical engineering, I transferred to Yale to seek a broader, liberal arts education. Now I’m a dual major in the Chemistry and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health Departments, with interests in understanding how science can affect society and what communicative devices can be used to share science with a wider audience. Outside of the classroom, I complete research in the paleobotany division of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, wander around in the wilderness from time to time with Yale Outdoors, hold conversations in broken German, and dabble in writing scientific poetry. I hail from New Hampshire and will be headed there at the beginning of July, and I’ll be glad to meet up or to simply answer any questions you may have!